I’ve been writing this blog for six or seven years. I thought readers might find it useful for me to dig back in the “archives” and highlight my choices for some of the best posts that appeared during that time.
The first list in this series, My Best Posts Over The Years — Volume One, focused on the year 2007 and included a fair amount of still-useful material (at least in my opinion).
I’d say the same thing about my review of posts from 2008, which you can find in My Best Posts Over The Years — Volume Two.
Here in Volume Three I’ll identify the best of 2009:
I posted what has turned out to be the most popular piece I’ve every posted — The Best Resources For Helping Teachers Use Bloom’s Taxonomy In The Classroom (which, as I do for most of my “The Best” lists, I continue to update).
The Best Teacher Resources For “TED Talks” (& Similar Presentations) has been similarly popular over the years.
And The Best Places Where Students Can Write For An “Authentic Audience” is another long-time popular list that was published that year.
I had my first book published that year, Building Parent Engagement In Schools, and started by other blog, Engaging Parents In School. And I began publishing an annual list of my best posts on parent engagement.
Some “unusual” lists that I like, and which came out in 2009 include:
The Best Sites For Walking In Someone Else’s Shoes
And my students love The Best Places To Read & Write “Choose Your Own Adventure” Stories.
I also wrote an Ed Week article on making home visits to parents.
That year, I taught one U.S. History class in the classroom and another in the computer lab. I wrote about how it went here.
I reflect on the difference in career goals that I see in my mainstream and ELL students in The Hopes And Dreams Of My Students.
I wrote some decent posts on classroom management issues and lesson plans:
And here are some interesting education policy-related posts:
“Data-Driven” Versus “Data-Informed”
Is Figuring Out How To Make Schools Better A Puzzle Or A Mystery?
Do Teachers REALLY Come From The Bottom Third Of Colleges? Or Is That Statistic A Bunch Of Baloney?
“I just thought it would end differently this time”
Here are some posts to particularly useful sites that are still in operation:
And check out this essay on “The Best Teacher I Ever Had.”